The two most common extraction methods – FUE and FUT – differ drastically with regard to the scarring that is left in the donor area. An FUT or strip extraction transplant will leave a linear scar on the back of the head, whereas an FUE procedure will leave no visible scarring. The appearance of a visible scar in the donor area is typically a concern for patients. It means that you can’t wear your hair short if you don’t want people to see it. Scarring will differ from patient to patient, depending on how fast their skin tends to heal and on how tight the scalp is when the stitches are put in.
If you have an FUE procedure, the scarring is minimal and barely noticeable to the naked eye because the incisions are all made smaller than 1 mm. As long as an area has not been overharvested, the surrounding hairs will grow in around the harvested areas. It will not be noticeable that anything has been done.
We also want our patients to know how to minimise scarring. There are certain things that will affect the results of your healing. Smoking can harm your healing because it damages the body’s natural ability to heal, as it decreases oxygen in the blood stream and therefore robs the body of vital nutrients. A healthy diet with an appropriate vitamin and mineral intake is a great way to ensure healing after any surgery.